Is there any suggestions about what it is considering good editing in posts? What kind of things should I not edit?


The block that is shown to the users who don't have the privilege of editing every post contains the following points:

  1. Fix grammatical, or spelling errors
  2. Clarify meaning without changing it
  3. Correct minor mistakes
  4. Add related resources or links
  5. Always respect the original author

To this, I would add the following clarifications:

  • The first point doesn't mean to change the spelling of a word from British English to American English, or vice versa. It is probably better to have a consistent spelling, though.

  • The third point is not valid for code shown in a post: If the code is using the wrong function, leave a comment to the post author. Even in the case the user wrote the function name with a typo, leave a comment, and let the user change the code.

  • The edit should not be too minor: Always edit as much as possible in a post. Bear in mind that the suggested edits are reviewed from one or more users; when you are suggesting an edit, make the time they take to review worth it. If, for example, you are going to correct the spelling of I (first person singular) from i, correct every occurrence of the pronoun.

  • If you see a post that refers a module without linking it, add a link, and (possibly) an excerpt from the project page.

  • If you see a post containing a link to a screenshot, change the link to show the screenshot in the post page.

  • If you see code that is poorly formatted, re-format it to make it more readable; for example, remove the empty lines that are present, and which make the code take more vertical space than necessary.

  • If you see a tag in the title, remove it, or edit the title to insert the tag organically and conversationally.

  • Don't highlight random words; if you see random words being highlighted, change them.

  • Don't use code formatting to highlight random words; removed that formatting when you see it being used for something that is not code or that would not be escaped because using characters that have a special meaning in HTML.

See also

  • so i like to highlight drupal keywords. does the community approve or disapprove of that. If someone has really low rep (like ~500) and they're struggling with a view i believe highlighting drupal verbiage is key to learning and understanding by those we help.
    – tenken
    Dec 3 '15 at 15:37
  • Highlighting words in a given answer doesn't help as providing links to project pages or documentation. Highlighting a word doesn't mean telling the users what that word means, but a link to the documentation helps users to better understand a concept that has been barely touched in an answer.
    – apaderno Mod
    Dec 4 '15 at 7:02

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